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Old 06-18-2004, 09:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Radeon 9600 256MB...worth the upgrade?

well i just saw in the paper today that frys is selling this card for 90 bucks after rebates...the brand is Xtasy. I guess it's just a regular Radeon 9600 with more memory.


A few days ago, my card was crapping out (Geforce4 MX440 128MB) and it turns out the fan stopped working. I took the fan out and everything works fine now...I've played games with no problem. I guess the plastic fan was trapping heat inside. Anyways, given that, is it worth it to upgrade to this card for a mere 90 bucks?


Also, am I gonna see much difference between the 9600 with 256MB and its 128MB counterparts?


Any advice would be great.

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Old 06-18-2004, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dude, are you running your GFX card without a fan, what are you, on crack?
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i put it back in to test it out. it already has a heatsink on it and a fan was on top of that. i was seeing if it'd work and it does and if still hasnt given me any problems..
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Oh, I see, I thought you took the whole thing off, I'd suggest getting that Radeon.
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The Visiontek GeForce4 MX 440 only comes with a heatsink, for example, though it does heat up quite easily.

Going from an MX 440 to any 9600 card (except the SE) is a big jump, and very much the money's worth.
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what about the differences i would see beween the 256 and 128 models? and this isnt a pro model either.
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256 MB on a standard 9600 is nothing but a waste. Very little performance gain from it, if at all any. Only when games contain immense textures should there be a 128 MB difference (which isn't likely to happen for another couple years).
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so what do you guys think, cuz any game i currently is fine with my card as it is. is the price worth the upgrade...since i plan on eventually upgrading it anyway?
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If it's all fine, then no, wait till the 9800's are cheaper.
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